White House calls Yemen leader, urges 'close' cooperation
A top advisor to President Barack Obama spoke Saturday for the second time in as many days with Yemen's president, reiterating a US call for "close" counterterrorism cooperation in the wake of a disrupted bomb plot, the White House said.
"John Brennan spoke to President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen this morning and emphasized that the United States stands ready to assist the Yemeni government and the Yemeni people in their fight against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," the White House said in a statement.
Brennan "underscored the importance of close counterterrorism cooperation, including the need to work together on the ongoing investigation into the events over the past few days," the White House said.
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